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This rich yet light-textured dessert is best when chilled at least 2 hours to allow all the flavors to become well acquainted.

Recipe by Southern Living November 2002


Recipe Summary

Makes 10 servings


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Instructions Checklist
  • Stir together sugar, 1/2 cup whipping cream, milk, and next 4 ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 30 minutes or until thickened. Cool mixture completely. Discard vanilla bean. Whisk in cream cheeses.

  • Stir together espresso and Marsala. Layer one-fourth ladyfingers in a trifle bowl or large clear bowl; brush with espresso mixture. Top with one-fourth cream cheese mixture. Repeat 3 times with remaining ladyfingers, coffee mixture, and cream cheese mixture.

  • Beat remaining 1/2 cup whipping cream at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy; gradually add powdered sugar, beating until soft peaks form. Spoon over cream cheese mixture, and sprinkle with cocoa. Cover and chill 2 hours.

  • Note: To prepare espresso, stir together 3/4 cup hot water and 1/3 cup ground espresso or dark-roast coffee. Let stand 5 minutes; pour through a wire-mesh strainer lined with a coffee filter into a glass measuring cup, discarding coffee grounds. Makes 3/4 cup.

  • This may also be prepared in a 13- x 9-inch dish, layering ladyfingers brushed with coffee mixture and cream cheese mixture. Spread with whipped cream mixture.

  • Original recipe: Calories 618 (75% from fat); Fat 51g (sat 29g); Chol 314mg.

Nutrition Facts

345 calories; calories from fat 43%; fat 16.6g; saturated fat 9.5g; mono fat 4.3g; poly fat 1.1g; protein 12.3g; carbohydrates 35g; fiber 0.4g; cholesterol 182mg; iron 1.4mg; sodium 325mg; calcium 166mg.